One of the best-loved couples in politics—James Carville and Mary Matalin—will provide an enlightening and entertaining look at current events during a Feature Session this afternoon, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., in Hall D.
Co-authors of the national best seller All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President, James and Mary have been key players on the national political stage. Between them, they have worked for every president during the last 25 years. Join the fun today as Mary and James provide their stimulating, candid and provocative analyses of the November elections and other hot-button political trends—from both sides of the political aisle.
James has been at the center of many dramatic Democratic political victories in recent decades. The “Ragin’ Cajun” achieved a number of successes in electing Democrats to the U.S. Senate and to governor’s seats in the 1980s and early 1990s. He emerged on the national scene after his consulting firm, Carville and Begala, helped elect President Bill Clinton in 1992. A best-selling author, he co-wrote his latest book—It’s the Middle-Class, Stupid!—with pollster Stan Greenberg. James is also a frequent political commentator and contributor on CNN, and a professor of practice at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Mary is one of the most celebrated conservative voices in America. As an author, political contributor and public speaker, she is noted for her straight talk and keen insights. Mary served as deputy campaign manager on President George H. W. Bush’s 1992 re-election bid. She later was assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. She joined CNN as a Republican strategist and political contributor in April 2009 and now appears on a variety of the network’s news and public affairs programs. She authored Letters to My Daughters in 2004 and co-starred on HBO’s critically acclaimed series, K Street, which was produced by George Clooney. Mary also co-hosts the nationally syndicated Both Sides Now radio program with Arianna Huffington.
Mary and James are co-chairs of the Host Committee for the 2013 NFL Super Bowl, which will be played in New Orleans on February 3. The couple has resided in the Crescent City with their daughters, Matty and Emma, since 2008.